Object Int’l —

A rock is a perfect metaphor, an allegory in volume. When placed its sculptural limits beget a kind of artistic proposition — and when considered with reduced anthropomorphism and ungeologically — produce a ready-made analog to the causation and bounds of our attempts at the understanding of all things.

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SEM : Socially Engineered Machine

COLLABORATORS :: Anja Borowicz + Denise Hickey + Vanessa Maurice-Williams

Drawing Parallels between the design of the Control Room, systems of social control explored in Foucault’s Panopticon and techniques proposed by Augusto Boal in the Theatre of the Oppressed, the north cabin was transformed into a site for Socially Engineered Machine. Partly menacing, partly absurd SEM attempted to remotely control behaviour of passers-by.

Viewing slits and light beams, agents and instructions, controllers and controlled are all elements of a game where the spectator chooses how far he or she wishes to participate.

Control Room, north side of Redcliffe Bridge, Bristol, UK. Supported by Bristol City Council. 2014.